Sarah Beth Briggs
Tuesday 8 November 2022, 1.00pm
PLEASE NOTE: Running times are approximate and supplied for guidance only. They may be subject to change.
Bach arr Hess: Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring
Haydn: Sonata in E flat, Hob XVI/52
Hans Gál: Sonatina no 2 in A minor, op 58
Chopin: Prelude in B minor, op 28 no 6
Ballade no 1 in G minor, op 23.
Lyricism and dance are the watchwords of Briggs’ beautifully prepared performances…
a player at the height of her powers.
Musical Opinion (2021)
Pianist Sarah Beth Briggs – an artist of extraordinary magnetism (Michael Kennedy, Daily Telegraph) – is a leading recitalist, concerto soloist, and chamber musician. A long-standing pupil of the late Denis Matthews, she gained a Hindemith Scholarship to study chamber music in Switzerland with celebrated violist, Bruno Giuranna, and remained in Lausanne for further studies with renowned Arrau pupil, Chilean pianist Edith Fischer.
Her professional career was launched at the age of eleven when she became the then youngest-ever finalist in the BBC Young Musician of the Year and a recipient of a Dame Myra Hess Award. Four years later she gained international recognition as joint winner of the International Mozart Competition in Salzburg.
Sarah’s musical interpretations have been broadcast internationally on radio and television, while recital and concerto performances have taken her to Austria, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy and the USA. UK orchestral collaborations include concerts with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Northern Sinfonia, the Hallé, London Mozart Players, London Philharmonic Orchestra, English Chamber Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Ulster Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and BBC Concert Orchestra. She has been the featured soloist at major British venues including Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, London’s South Bank Centre, and the Barbican Centre.
Sarah is a celebrated artist at societies and festivals throughout the UK, acclaimed by promoters and critics for her performances and for her engaging and informative introductions to recital programmes. She gave the world premiere (at the Chester Festival) of Britten’s Three Character Pieces, which feature on one of her warmly-reviewed recordings. The critical acclaim for her wide-ranging discography includes both Gramophone Editor’s and Gramophone Critic’s Choice Awards and her recordings notably include the world premiere of Hans Gál’s Piano Concerto with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and conductor Kenneth Woods.
Sarah enjoys balancing a successful solo career with numerous chamber music engagements and has worked with many renowned soloists over the years including clarinettist, Janet Hilton, soprano Kathryn Harries and ex Lindsay violist, Robin Ireland. Her most regular current partnerships are with violinist David Juritz and as part of the Briggs Piano Trio (in which Sarah and David are joined by cellist, Kenneth Woods) as well as a four hands piano duo with James Lisney. She enjoys collaborations with the Emperor and Carducci String Quartets and has made an acclaimed Hans Gál recording for Toccata Classics with a group led by Hungarian violinist Katalin Kertesz.
Sarah taught keyboard for many years at the University of York. She gives regular masterclasses and chamber music tuition in the UK and via the internet and has also taught in Switzerland and the USA. Away from the concert platform, she loves the theatre, good food and wine and walking in the countryside with her cocker spaniels.
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